June 22, 2012
Five benches on the Downtown Mall were removed this week by city officials to curb what they call a “behavior problem” by people who use them.
The city’s communication director says, removing the chairs is an attempt to prevent a handful of people from taking them over and that the removal is in response to several complaints from local businesses.
The homeless feel it’s an attack on them.
“I understand there's some noise, but the thing is, you don't have to take the chairs out for that; pinpoint the ones who are making the noise and deal with them that way,” said Joe Bolasky, homeless man.
The city says the chairs will be relocated to other places on the Downtown Mall.